Trivedi, whose career took off with Aamir and Dev.D, has quickly become a top choice for many film directors. Why? The answer lies in the mesmerising effect of his music in English Vinglish, Ishaqzaade and Lootera.
Hear more from the 35-year-old composer and singer.
What made you join the ‘happiest music festival’ in India?
I’ve been to NH7 concerts a few times. I love the vibe, the crowd. And it’s a great platform to explore and perform independent music.
Your thoughts about the audience in Calcutta?
After Monta re from Lootera I feel I have a special connect with people here. I have never performed here and it’s a good time to start!
Your equation with the Indie artistes?
I love them and their music.
Vikramaditya (Motwane) once said you are “a reluctant singer”. What about singing do you like and dislike?
It feels special to lend my voice to my own composition. But singing requires a lot of riyaaz, unfortunately I don’t have that kind of time at the moment. I don’t dislike anything about singing. It just needs practice.
How do you decide which song to lend your voice to?
I don’t really decide that. My directors decide and I go with it.
What’s Amit Tridevi’s composing process like?
There is no process as such. A tune can come to me at any time. I just keep the tune in mind and record it.
Most Indian film directors don’t care about the background score. Your thoughts?
I think it’s very important for every film. One has to have a vision to understand the importance of background score. Very few directors have (it). For a composer, it’s the most difficult and highly demanding job. One has to make lots and lots of music, use lots of brains and creativity with just a peanut amount of money. That’s like a huge challenge. BGM (background music) gives the film the feel. It helps the audience understand the mood of the film, characters, and so on. In essence, it is a very important part of a film. Here in India, not much importance is given to BGM.
Do you go on journeys to explore new music?
Yes, I do sometimes, depending on the film.
Having had a very successful Coke Studio outing, are such shows shaping an alternative to Bollywood music?
I think they are providing a great platform for independent music to exist and grow.
What do you want your fans to recognise about you?
Every artiste has his or her own sound. I think when fans follow an artiste’s work, they recognise their sound. I hope the same is true for me. My sound connects me to my audience.
Finally, your wife Krutee has helped shape your career…
Immensely, she is my strength and backbone.
-The Telegraph, Calcutta